Twenty-six innovators have been officially announced as the finalists in the Gravity Challenge 02, Australia’s premier space technology innovation program.
Space sector leaders from around the world attended a virtual event last night where each Challenger announced the finalists for their Challenge. South Australian Premier, Steven Marshall, also spoke at the event, speaking on the importance of nurturing Australia’s space capabilities to make for a prosperous future.
Gravity Challenge 02 had a 350 percent increase of entries from Gravity 01, with the finalists making up an eclectic group from a range of different backgrounds including environmental, health and agricultural industries. **Full table of finalists below
Gravity 02 has evolved to include the UK, allowing all Challengers and Innovators to collaborate across both countries, regardless of geographic location. The expansion marks a pivotal moment for the Gravity Challenge program and space technology innovation as a whole, allowing international collaboration to help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems.
Deloitte Australia Space Co-Leader, Steve Rayment, said: “We are thrilled to see such bright and diverse talent helping us solve real-world issues with their innovative minds. Having the expanded network of UK innovators in the mix this year really bolsters our program and takes it to the next level. It is also encouraging to see a significant increase of entries this year, demonstrating the growing momentum we are generating for Australia and the UK’s space technology industry.”
Commission on Excellence and Innovation in Health Commissioner, Prof. Paddy Phillips, said: “CEIH is proud to partner with SA Health to be one of the first health systems in the world to challenge innovators across Australia and the UK to look to space to create better healthcare. By combining geospatial intelligence with more traditional healthcare data sources, we fundamentally believe we can help identify and prevent the next pandemic. Our approach is to seek new perspectives and solutions to complex challenges. Gravity 02 has allowed us to do that in a collaborative new way. By connecting brilliant people from both inside and outside healthcare, we’ll unleash innovation to solve problems that would have been impossible otherwise”.
Gravity Challenge Ambassador, Flavia Tata Nardini, said: “I am very proud to be part of this globally-important program which aims to solve some of the world’s most fantastic problems. I am a strong believer that collaboration is the key to success, so it’s so wonderful to see our program living and breathing this principle with all of our new partnerships in the UK.”
Finalists will now go into the Accelerate phase (more info on phases below) where they will collaborate with their challenge provider to further refine their solution, test their hypothesis and prepare their final proposal due end of October.